Thomas Gray Haile subcollection, cards 30, 21, 63, and 40.
Two cards from Madge for today (or is it three?), and one other. Here we go . . .
First up, one from Madge with a suitably love/romance-oriented image. A rather brief message, but bearing much in the way of implications:
Just nine more days until the twenty second–Dixie was down yesterday afternoon and I ‘spect yours and John’s ears burnt for we talked about you all the time Dixie is sick tell John. Be goodMadge [unknown] to Thomas Haile, 18 February 1908
One suspects the date reference was to when she next expected to see Thomas. Dixie evidently was a mutual friend, and a girlfriend of another mutual friend. As often/always, the closing reminder to “Be good”.
A little over a month later, we have this decidedly unsubtle card:
A strong statement, especially as the message suggested they’d recently had a difference of opinion over something, about which she wanted them to compromise.
Received your letter a few minutes ago and was real glad to get it. I will write you tomorrow and explain everything. I guess we’re both [unclear] [unclear]alt and ought to try to compromize don’t you?Madge [unknown] to Thomas Haile, 20 March 1908
All of which led up to this interesting one (bringing the cats back in . . .):
The message wasn’t from Madge, but (as you can read above) referenced her. Here’s my full transcription
on back: “Hello Tom guess you will be surprised to get a card from me I have been mad all day Mary”
on front “can you sympathize with me? Madge is right sick but I think she will be alright by the morning”Mary [unknown] to Thomas Haile, 22 March 1908
So many mysteries here. Who’s Mary, a relative of Madge? Did Mary have an interest in Madge or was the choice of card accidental? Why was Mary mad? What was Madge sick of? . . . can you think of more?
And then there’s this one:
The handwriting on this closely resembles Madge’s, as does some of the language used–and the image! However the signature (what I could see of it under the marks) doesn’t look that much like her–and the salutation is more formal than usual. It’s possible she was mock-formal for this. My gut says it’s from her, but since I can’t decipher the signature I’m being cautious for now.
on back: “Dear Mr Haile Was so glad to get[?] your card. Do hope you and your friend will visit Lafayette in the summer time. Who is he? My friend of Haztenville[?] has just left and you [?] I’m feeling blue When did you hear from Laura + Miss [unclear] Be Good Sincerely yours [unclear]”
on front: “With love and best wishes”[unknown, possibly Madge] to Thomas Haile, 25 March 1908
An important note: I’ll be taking the rest of the month off due to vacation and assorted other deadlines. More posts next month!
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